East Peoria fishing company working to increase accessibility to Copi

Published: Nov. 28, 2022 at 8:15 AM CST
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EAST PEORIA (25 News Now) - Each year, an estimated 20 to 50 million Copi fish are being harvested from the Illinois River.

Source Freshwater, an East Peoria fishing company, hoped to make a change in consumers’ diets to help combat this population problem.

The Department of Natural Resources describes Copi as mild, clean-tasting fish with heart-healthy omega-3s and very low levels of mercury. The goal was to get the Copi out of waters and educate the public on its benefits.

Former White House Invasive Carp Adviser John Goss stated that “Illinois had a unique responsibility in the battle to keep invasive carp out of the great lakes.”

Source Freshwater saw that challenge and decided to find creative ways to package the Copi and sell it to local vendors and restaurants.

“Right now, we’re removing enough to at least keep the population in check, but we would remove more to reduce that number of this invasive species and increase the habitat for the native fish that have been here a long time,” Source Freshwater President Roy Source said.

Recently, Source Freshwater teamed up with Market Wagon to increase accessibility to Copi around Peoria and surrounding areas. Market wagon helps farmers deliver fresh goods to doorsteps for a flat fee, no matter how much you buy or how far you live.

Their mission is to provide farmers’ market products to those who can’t get to a farmers’ market.